The Farrell's Crash is one of Sacramento's most horrific tragedies, in which 22 people - 12 of them children - were killed and 25 injured at Farrell's ice cream parlor after an vintage jet skidded into it from Sacramento Executive Airport on Sept. 24, 1972. At the time, it was described as the worst air-ground accident in U.S. history.
The military jet, a F-86 Sabre, couldn't take off properly during an air show. The runway it was on was aimed directly at Farrell's. Many of the parlor's patrons were celebrating a birthday. National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the pilot had tried to lift off too quickly.
Leatherby's Creamery moved to the same shopping center, close to the location of Farrell's in 1984. Eventually, the parlor closed down after the city refused to let it expand its seating from 60 patrons to 120. The City Council, voting 7-2, argued that the location was unsafe for so many patrons, since it was still in the path of the runway from which the Farrell's crash originated.
In 2002, the Sacramento police and fire departments moved into the shopping center. In 2003, a memorial was built near what once was Farrell's front door.